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A Book on Otumfuor Osei Tutu II Launched


A Book on Otumfuor Osei Tutu II Launched

A book entitled "Otumfour Osei Tutu II- the King on the Golden Stool" which tells about the inspirational leadership style of Otumfour Osei Tutu II as well as history of the Ashanti Kingdom was Wednesday launched at the Manhyia Palace to commemorate the 10th anniversary celebration of the enthronement on the Golden Stool of the Asantehene.

The 96-page all-colour book on Asantehene authored by the Rector of the Africa Institute of Journalism and a former Ashanti Regional Minister, Kojo Yankah and published by UNIMAX MacMillan Company Limited is also expected to be used by students at the Senior High School, tertiary institutions and the general public for research purposes.

The 12 chapter book also gives a series of historical facts about the Ashanti kingdom including the creation and powers of the kingdom, the role of Ashanti traditions to the overall social and economic advancement of the kingdom and Ghana, as well as some facts about the Golden Stool.

It again gives detailed historical background of all the great 16 kings and warriors of the kingdom

The book also captures the history of Asantes, how they became a Kingdom, and roles played by Otumfuor Osei Tutu I and Okomfo Anokye in building and consolidating of the Kingdom.

The rest of the chapters focus on the ten years developmental agenda of Otumfour Osei Tutu II since his ascension to the Golden Stool. Some of Otumfour's achievements include the establishment of the Otumfour Education and Health fund.

Giving the brief about the book, Most Reverend Peter Akwasi Sarpong, Emeritus Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Kumasi said it was important for tradition to be documented to serve as a guide to the next generation.

He said there was no other perfect time for the book to be written, especially at this time that the king was marking his tenth anniversary. Most Rev Sarpong commended Mr Yankah for the good work done and hoped the public would patronise the book in order to help them know more about their traditions and culture.

The author, Mr Yankah said he was motivated by the sterling leadership of Asantehene, since his enstoolment a decade ago and that informed his writing of the book

He was optimistic that the book will serve the entire kingdom, Ghana and Africa at large, particularly those who wished to know more about the Ashanti traditions and culture.

Sir Chief Dr Gabriel O Igbenidion, Head of Benin Kingdom in Nigeria, the Special Guest, who officially launched the book bought the first and third copy auctioned for $70,000.

Sir Igbenidion commended Asantehene for giving meaning to traditional rule through innovative programmes for the benefit of his subjects.
He also bought 40 copies for his students in Benin to be used as a syllabus at a cost of $40,000.

Corporate bodies, chiefs, educationists and technocrats also bought copies of the books worth several thousands of Ghana Cedis.

Gabriel Amoah, 03 April 2009

Credit The Statesmanonline



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